Dissection
The Somberlain


4.0
excellent

Review

by Per Ardua Ad Astra USER (30 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 139 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


This album is the first release from the legendary Dissection. One of the corner stones of modern melodic extreme metal, this album absolutely delivers in the form of thrilling leads and harmonies yet with a more brutal approach to the music. Released in 1993 on No Fashion records, the lineup is
Jon Nödtveidt : Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
John Zwetsloot : Electric and classical guitars
Peter Palmdahl : Bass
Ole Öhman : Drums

Tracklisting
Black Horizons
The Somberlain
Crimson Towers
A Land Forlorn
Heaven's Damnation
Frozen
Into Infinite Obscurity
In The Cold Winds Of Nowhere
The Grief Prophecy / Shadows Over A Lost Kingdom
Mistress Of The Bleeding Sorrow
Feathers Fell


This album perfectly represents the saying "Float like a butterfly, Sting like a Bee." The way the guitars of Nodtveidt and Zwetsloot intertwine to make intricate harmonies and brutal tremelo picking riffs makes this album something highly untouched. The drumming here is perfect for such an album, not as technical as 'Storm of the Light's Bane' but is in no need to be.
The vocals throughout the album are harsh but yet perfect for the melodic feel of this album.
With songs like The Somberlain and In the Cold winds of Nowhere the band shows off their ability to play melodic music while not losing the atmosphere that Dissection is now known for. Even the rare Dissection solo is present in 'In the Cold Winds of Nowhere.'
With songs like Frozen and Black Horizons Dissection breaks down their music from epic and melodic to extremely heavy with no pause to take prisoners. They show absolutely no mercy with this attack of melody and slower, heavy atmosphere. This album does not leave anything to be speculated about, the leads here are all wound into the songs with extreme care for such an extreme album.
Dissection uses every talent each member of this band has in the songs Crimson Towers, Into Infinite Obscurity and Feathers Fell. These tracks consist of John Zwetsloot playing classical guitar, and if i do say so my self (and i will because it is my review), he does it excellently.

Do not be fooled, this album, while it is similiar to 'Storm of the Light's Bane' is alot different. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. This being Dissections first album, the chemistry between the band is not in full bloom yet. The guitars blend with wonder together, as they do on the later 'Storm of the Light's Bane' but the drumming is more raw and simplistic, with less fills and less intense double bass action. It's your simple extreme metal drumming, there are no drum patterns specifically molded around riffs as there are on 'Storm of the Light's Bane.'
What we get with this release, is the first look at a more raw version of Dissection, exposing a more brutal, more guitar oriented version of one of the founders of Melodic Black metal. Jons vocals here are much more raw and unpolished than on 'Storm of the Light's Bane', this along with the more raw production give this album an atmosphere that really gets the blood pumping, the atmosphere from this album is summed up basically by the album cover. A blue type of Darkness.

Recomended Tracks
Black Horizons
The Somberlain
Frozen
In the cold winds of nowhere
And any of the classical songs mentioned in the review, they are short but a good listen nonetheless.

Overall, 4/5. An awesome foundation for the fathers of Melodic Black metal.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Prophecy
November 22nd 2005


52 Comments


Cannot believe no one has commented on this review. Good review. Dissection is an amazing band.

Jondur
November 24th 2005


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better than Storm of the Light's Bane for the very reasons you highlighted - it's rawer and more primal!

Good album.

Thor
November 24th 2005


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After hearing Storm of the Light's Bane I was blown away. I hope that this album will do the same.

Shadows
Moderator
December 29th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great. It's very similar to Storm of the Light's Bane, but with an approach that is raw and slightly more black metal. I think I prefer the album after this, but this is still a great album. Very agressive, but melodic and haunting.

SoulReaper
December 13th 2006


184 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is an amazing cd.... one of my fav.... the first Dissection cd i bought.... the live version of The Somberlian on the 2nd disk is AMAZING!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2007


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just bought this today, I can't wait to listen to it.

Yazz_Flute
July 3rd 2007


18851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, i think this album is just about as good as STOLB, i have to say that Dissection was definately the greatest BM band of the ones ive heard.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

masscows
September 11th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is insanely good.

Unreal
October 26th 2007


229 Comments


pretty good stuff going on

Better than Storm of the Light's Bane for the very reasons you highlighted - it's rawer and more primal!

Good album.


so true


rasputin
November 9th 2007


14555 Comments


I love this album. If I can be bothered, I might review this as well. I think it's just as good as Storm..., I can't get enough of it.

jebus FX
February 4th 2008


302 Comments


i wanna get this but i just see it with a bonus cd, and i'm not really interested in it, what tracks does the 2nd cd come with?

rasputin
February 4th 2008


14555 Comments


dude, just buy it. The bonus cd probably has demos and unreleased tracks or live tracks, all good stuff. With or without it, you need to get this

SCREAM!
February 4th 2008


10331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have it with the bonus cd. Its basically a bunch of demos, 2 live tracks and some unreleased stuff. Just get it, worst thatll happen is you won't listen to it mroe than once.

Hawks
March 11th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this album is better than Storm Of The Light's Bane also. The atmosphere is better on this album and plus it has the classical guitar which kills in like a million different ways.

Hawks
April 4th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jon sounds like King Diamond at about 5:33 on Black Horizons.

SCREAM!
April 5th 2008


10331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought the same thing first time i heard it. Its pretty nice lol

Hawks
April 5th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I know lol. I wasnt expecting to hear that when i first got this and then i was like holy shit. I never knew Jon could do that. He was an amazing vocalist.

SCREAM!
April 5th 2008


10331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No more new Dissection ever is a pretty depressing thought R.I.P. Jon

Hawks
April 5th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah it definitely is. I wish Reinkaos was more like this and SOTLB, but it was still ok. I just wish that they would have ended with Melodic Black Metal instead of the more Melodeath direction that they took.

AngelPhoenix
June 19th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had asked a few people and they were right. This and Storm of the Lights Bane are basically equally in ass-kickingness



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